Hazard confident Chelsea can spring another surprise against Manchester City

Jo Caldwell
February 5, 2019

Higuain's instinctive early finish and a fine effort from range in the second period were complemented by two Eden Hazard goals and a David Luiz strike as Maurizio Sarri's side moved fourth with a 5-0 victory over the Terriers.

Hazard scored twice to take his season's tally to 15, while Gonzalo Higuain netted a brace for his first goals for Chelsea, who travel to the Etihad Stadium next Sunday.

Maurizio Sarri's men have lost five in their last 13 Premier League matches and one of the wins was against Pep Guardiola's side who were unbeaten in 21 games then.

'We didn't play our backs to the opposing goal like in the last match but we attacked the spaces, so we played our football'.

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The City match is the first of a hard run, which includes the February 24 Carabao Cup final against the same opponents. We can beat everyone if we want.' The Blues host Manchester United in the FA Cup after going to City, who they then play in the Carabao Cup final as well as Malmo in the Europa League and Tottenham in the Premier League.

"We need to be focused", Hazard said.

"It's going to be a different game [against City] than two or three months ago".

When Kovacic got ready to come on in the 70th minute, most inside Stamford Bridge thought the same thing - "Barkley will be off".

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Jordi Alba replaced Nelson Semedo at the break as Barcelona upped their game at the start of the second stanza. I can't say exactly what problem he has, I don't know, ' said Valverde.

31-year-old striker Higuain and Sarri previously worked together during their time at Napoli in the 2015/16 season, with Higuain breaking the long-standing record for the most goals in a Serie A season, by netting a sensational 36 strikes in just 35 appearances.

Hazard added: "He's a great striker". He said, "Jorginho needs movement without the ball from other players because he's used to playing at one touch".

"In the box he's unbelievable".

Had Aaron Mooy's sixth-minute header gone in, it would have changed the whole afternoon, while Town's attackers provoked uncertainty among Chelsea's defenders.

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"He's had a look at the players and sees the players are not doing what he wants them to do".

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